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the health care law included a hardship exemption from the individual mandate yet the administration has failed to finalize the application form for the hardship exemption three and one half years after we passed this law. as of today, can an individual apply for a hardship exemption from the individual mandate on healthcare.gov, yes or no? >> i don't know. >> i do. it's no. on october 15th "politico" reported that if the online system for getting into obamacare coverage is rickety, the system for getting out of the mandate doesn't even exist yet. hhs says it will take another month at least for the administration to finalize the forms for the hardship exemption from the individual mandate. why has it taken three and one half years to finalize a simple application form for an exemption from the individual mandate? >> well, sir as you know the individual mandate is not in place until next year. we have, made it very clear that if somebody is medicaid eligible in a state that doesn't choose -- >> my last question and my last second, estimated 16 million people in the individual market have
plans before the affordable care act became law and you really liked that plan, you are able to keep it. that's what i said when i was running for office. that was part of the promise we made. but ever since the law was passed, if insurers decided to downgrade or cancel these substandard plans, what we said under the law is, you have to replace them with quality comprehensive coverage because that too was a central premise of the affordable care act from the very beginning. jon: senior white house foreign affairs correspondent bowl goal is live outside the -- wendell goler is live outside the white house. wendell. >> reporter: as you heard the president say part of the reason for obamacare to get rid of what he called substandard insurance plans sold primarily on individual market which covers 5% of the country. though the president's focus back in 2009 seemed to be expanding health insurance coverage to people who didn't have any insurance, press secretary jay carney essentially says that it makes no essential to replace no insurance with inadequate health insurance. >> no hospitalizat
. how disingenuous. the insurance companies are following the law that he insisted upon and they now have to live under. >> well he has pick ad perfect enemy for him because of course nobody wants to stand up for the insurance companies but as you say, the insurance companies are doing exactly what the law has instructed them and other thing is, let's not forget, insurance companies whether you like them or not, they are for-profit corporations and if you put a bun of laws in place that incentivize them to kick people off insurance perhaps, that is the law's fault, not the company's fault. and so, you know, for him to vilify them now especially after he has sort of brought them in and basically made them you know, promise them a massive new marketplace off of which to make money, you know he can bash the insurance companies all he wants to now, but let's be clear he has been the biggest friend to insurance companies up to now because he created a whole new marketplace for them and of course that gets missed in the press all the time. and of course he would never admit to that now but
make some changes to the law, specifically, extending the enrollment deadline beyond march 31st of next year. that could open the door if there is big senate debate about that to the possibility of extending and delaying the individual mandate which is the all-important way to fund this entire law. bottom line is, this effort has been led by jeanne shaheen of new hampshire. she is up for re-election in 2014 and has to defend the law. here she is on cbs. >> the rollout has been a disaster so what i'm proposing we extend the period in which people can enroll so we can make sure we get as many people who want health insurance able to enroll and be i believe to be covered. >> reporter: and that is an important point that the white house keeps stressing which is that while there are these 10 senate democrats or so who are pushing for changes they're not trying to defund the law, they're not trying to dismantle the law as republicans have tried. said the democrats are pushing for changes the president may not want to make right now but they're trying to make the law better although you notice
republican wants a bipartisan group to convene about the problems with the website and the law. there are serious concerns about obamacare's long term financial liability. early numbers from state exchanges, nearly all of those enrolled are being funneled into medicaid, not insurance plans that the system will depend upon for financeing. >> look, the system will never look unless there are five to seven million people in the private side of this exchange, not the medicaid side side. they are no near that. jenna: the architect of obamacare says he is not worried. >> we have until all the way to march 31st to get to five to seven million, we expect naturally, i don't pay attention to the numbers. wait, let me finish. people will put off buying until the end and those numbers are irrelevant. jenna: he said by end of november he might have some concerns. peter doocy is live in washington with more on all of this peter. >> reporter: jenna, consumers are still having problems signing up online, on the phone and in person. and the obama administration knows that it is because no matte
the administration wasn't even being truthful what this law would do. changes were made at the regulation level, changes that probably didn't even involve kathleen sebellius. none of this matters. the program is going to collapse under the weight of a lack of enrollees and costs are going to spike. it will no longer be affordable. now people who were insured through this program, who this program wait a minute even for are finding out that the administration wasn't truthful what it would do. why would they belief anything the administration said this point going forward. jon: the president said this time and time again if you like your health care plan you can keep it. turns out they're finding as much as 67% of the people who had individual health plans will lose them under this system. that is 2/3. >> some of these people newmontly costs are boeing up between 200 and 400%. not 200 to $400 this is really terrifying. what it will do economically is going to have an immediate, impact. anyone forced to go on to more expensive program. more out-of-pocket costs that will be a damp to consumer deman
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